NFC West: Steve Walsh
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Shane from Tempe writes: My first Cardinals game was their last game of their first season in Arizona in 1988, when they lost to a 3-12 Packers team led by Don Majkowski. I was eight years old. The Cardinals started the season 7-4, but after Neil Lomax's career-ending injury, they lost their last five games to set the tone for 19 of the next 20 years.
I went to four games during Buddy Ryan's first season in Arizona in 1994. They made a playoff run that year but finished 8-8, including a brutal OT loss late in the season to a Bears team led by Steve Walsh.
I went to the Cards' second-to-last game of their 1998 playoff season, when Jake Plummer led the team on a last-minute drive vs. the Kerry Collins-led New Orleans Saints. Chris Jacke's field goal as time ran out gave Arizona the win and put them in position to beat the Chargers in similar fashion the following week to make the playoffs.
I've been to a few games since then, including a couple at UOP Stadium this season ... but I'm sure those won't compare to the game I'll be attending Sunday. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve, I'm so excited for this freakin' game.
Mike Sando: You've got two playoff victories in the bank, so you're attending this game from a position of emotional strength. That's a good thing.